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KiwiRail Scenic Journeys

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys Introduction

Discover New Zealand and the true beauty of train travel with KiwiRail's unique scenic train journeys.

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys, New Zealand's only passenger rail company, combines world famous scenic New Zealand train journeys with quality facilities and comfort.

Re-discover New Zealand and the romance of travel by rail or as our American visitors say, travel on the railroad.

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TranzAlpine Train

The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other.

See the stunning scenery of New Zealand from coast to coast from the comfort of your carriage.

Starting on the East Coast of New Zealand, travel through the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Climb into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth.

All carriages include both one way seating and tabled group seating allowing you to experience the amazing views of our beautiful country, while also enjoying the company of other passengers.

An open air viewing deck allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery and preserve its beauty in time with photography. Fully licensed on board cafes have a delicious range of snacks, meals and beverages, and GPS triggered at-seat commentary ensures no highlights are missed.

This scenic New Zealand train journey is 223.8 kilometres long and takes just four and a half hours one way. There are 16 tunnels, and 5 viaducts, the highest being the Staircase standing at 73 metres.

Coastal Pacific Train

The train in winter Travel New Zealand's coastlines

The Coastal Pacific scenic train travels between Picton, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, and Christchurch, the gateway to the south

Travel between the stunning Kaikoura mountain ranges and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline.

Along the way you'll pass though the seaside town of Kaikoura, where, if you're touring New Zealand, you can break the journey to experience whale watching or swim with the dolphins.

The Coastal Pacific is one of the world's most scenic train journeys. Your train travels through 22 tunnels and crosses 175 bridges, one of them being New Zealand's only road-rail bridge.

This scenic New Zealand train journey also includes an open air viewing, GPS triggered audio commentary and a licensed café.

Northern Explorer Train

Travel through the heart of the North Island

The Northern Explorer is a journey through the heart of the North Island, travelling between Auckland—New Zealand's largest city, to Wellington—New Zealand's arts and culture capital.

Along the way you will pass the Central North Island ski towns of National Park and Ohakune, popular with young and old tourists alike. You also see fantastic views of New Zealand farmland, the volcanic plateau, Mount Ruapehu, the world famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges—all from huge panoramic windows or the open air viewing decks.

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About New Zealand

The best way to see New Zealand The beauty of New Zealand

New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.

New Zealand is comparable in size to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, yet we have a population of only 4.1 million, making it one of the world's least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers.

New Zealand has a temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation making it an ideal year-round holiday destination.

New Zealanders have a unique and dynamic culture, with European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences. It's a culture that celebrates the many different lifestyles we live, and the stories we have to tell.

While New Zealand is a relatively young country, it has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings. A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become.

Train travel in New Zealand is a great way to see some of the stunning scenery on offer.

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